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Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?) - Tröegs Brewing Company

Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?)
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224 Ratings
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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%


Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
As we spiral further toward the end of the Mayan calendar, Tröegs is brewing up a special beer to commemorate the expiration of planet Earth. Celebrate the countdown to extinction and raise a goblet of this colossal Russian Imperial Stout as we plummet into oblivion. If your tongue doesn’t disintegrate as a result of the birthday party cheesecake jellybean BOOM, it most certainly will wreak major havoc on your taste buds. ¿Impending Descent? is as enormous, face-melting, and palate-numbing as it sounds. If there ever was a last beer to enjoy before the apocalypse, this is it!

(Beer added by: yourefragile on 12-12-2012)
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Visited Tröegs on 30JAN14. After a glass of #131, I opted for a couple of tulips of Impending Descent, at $7.00 per serving.

The small tulip held a dark, dense brown liquid, with a creamy, fluffy layer of mocha colored foam on top. Lacing was superb; this was quite the attractive bier! Aroma had some rich coffee and dark choco, with semisweet malt notes wafting about. A dose of florality was also detected. It had a medium-plus body, and was smooth and silky going down.

Flavor had more roasty coffee and some bitter, dark choco notes. Whereas the floral action was restrained in the nose, it come on strong and hard at the finish of this one with some pithyness and pine! A wonderful bier, all in all! Am glad I got it on this visit (and a growler to go as well), as I returned two days later and it had kicked. Zum Wohl!!

4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2014 19:53:02 | More by Bierman9
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BradC

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on draft at the brewery. Poured coffee black with a thin head.

Smells of dark chocolate, roasted grain, burnt coffee.

Tastes of chocolate, roasty grains up front with a piney hop bite that hits halfway through. Very bitter at 140 IBU. But balances well against the dark grains.

Has a rich mouthfeel, almost chewy.

Overall a delicious stout, I think I would have enjoyed this more with a little less hops.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2014 00:39:50 | More by BradC
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1sophrosyne1

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At the brewery into a tulip glass, and later from a growler into a pilsner glass.

Almost ebony pour; only a hint of light tumbles through and carries a tinge of cordovan sheen. Large bubbly, open and frothy latte head...not creamy. Falls slowly, and leaves a thick ring and center island on top.. Webs of lacing cake on the glass.

Smells of sweet vanilla and caramel with a bright coffee acidity that's just a touch too dominant. Raisins and other dark fruits are alongside. There's a hint of tobacco, as well, that juts out from under wet, green hops and a squeeze of orange. Earthen depth rounds out a great nose.

The start of a mouthful is almost soft and creamy, feeling subtly like evergreen that carries in the entree of toffee mocha taste. But briny java slices through and blooms into sweet spices, like cumin, and royal bitter hoppiness in the middle. Alcohol flavor warms in behind the bite, but is enveloped in toasted wheat and earthy chew. The aftertaste is long, full of astringent bitterness and slick, mildly tangy methyl salicylate and related oils.

Mouthfeel is the right fit with a smooth start that fills up with both glycerine and bubbles about a third of the way into each taste. The carbonation is just enough to balance out the heft--just a touch more would be perfection, as it would also contain the booze. A good chewiness to join the bright bitterness.

I would be thrilled to have this monster for breakfast and dessert every day that ends in "y"!

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2013 20:32:35 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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smokeypeat

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Frisco's Tap House in Columbia, MD. Poured into a chalice this beer is the deepest brown bordering on black. Mocha Brown cap of head is all that remains when it reaches the table.

Nice smell of bakers chocolate, more subtle dark roast and some anise.

Taste has more of a dark chocolate syrupy taste. Some vanilla in the background. A little bit of hop presence is showing up in the taste where I couldn't find any in the smell. It's giving it a nice bit of balance, whereas I thought this would only be a straight malt bomb.

Good consistency on this stout. Thicker than what you find in their year round JavaHead stout, but not at motor oil consistency. Carbonation is dialed in well, this stuff goes down easily and I'm not really picking up alcohol like I thought I would on a near 11% beer.

Good showing by Troegs. I hope since this has shown up two years in a row as a Brewery release that it might become a distributed seasonal in their lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2013 23:09:53 | More by smokeypeat
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PJKSR02

Connecticut

4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Available only at the brewery, as one of their scratch beers. This is an excellent example of a Russian imperial stout. It's thick, bitter and finishes slightly sweet, with a hoppy nose throughout. Flavors are of deeply roasted malt, with a hint of coffee. If you're considering a trip to the brewery, don't think twice!

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2013 19:08:15 | More by PJKSR02
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Super dark. Black beer with a malted coffee head of inches. Looks fab.

Chocolate syrup, earthy hops, molasses, vanilla, roasty coffee, dark raisin, and sweet char. Excellent nose.

Heavy roast, sweet mocha, molasses, licorice, raisin, coffee, chocolatey maple, and hop earthiness. Tastes sweeter, but divine. Nice roasty stout.

Feels good. Thicker and stickier. Carb had some great life. Boozy, for sure, but nothing exceeding its reputation.

Great impy. Finally tried it. I recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 21:48:01 | More by thecheapies
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

tap blue dust. Pour is jet black with rich caramel head. Nose is overly sweet, raisin and berries dominate. Faint tobacco but lacks malt depth. Taste is chalky up front before the sweetness takes over. Tons of sugar, burnt brown sugar, caramel, berry sweetness. Body is syrupy, decent carb. Way too sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 16:46:15 | More by cpetrone84
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap at Sierra Grille. Always interested in trying another installment in this series.

Pour to a snifter is pitch black with 1 finger of brown head. Retains well through most of the duration ending as a patchy cap, some great lacing left behind.

Smell is a little faint but does strengthen with warmth. Lots of roast, dark chocolate, some breadiness.

Taste is good, very robust. Big roast and char, dark bakers chocolate, fudge brownie, dark fruit, black coffee, some licorice maybe. Quite a hop presence too, pine perhaps? Low sweetness, just enough there to help round it out.

Smooth, big mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Not too much in the way of alcohol but big flavor and bitterness make this one a sipper for sure.

Very good, love the dark choc/roast/dark fruit combo. It'd be nice to see this as a regular-ish release.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2013 13:44:45 | More by Chico1985
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This beer is awesome. Poured into a small margarita glass at Mad Mex during a Troegs special. Some obvious lacing. Seems pitch black. Smell is of burnt espresso. Just okay aroma, but the taste is superb. I get notes of vanilla, wood, chocolate, light roast, and just layer after layer of velvety creamy goodness texture. Doesn't seem like 10.9% ABV but I know this one will kick my a-hole real soon. Thick and full bodied. A true gift from Troegs. Thank you!

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2013 21:20:27 | More by jwhancher
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at south park tavern Dayton. Pours a deep black with tan lacing. Nice roasted malt and chocolate vanilla aromas
Taste is silky chocolate and roasted malts. Hints of vanilla and a slight hop bitter finish. Its really smooth and easy drinker but hits hard. Nice brew id get this again for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 21:20:17 | More by DrinkSlurm
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tipfortap

New York

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5 words to describe it: Milk Chocolate, Chewy, Malty, Roasty, Brash

Paired it with: A second helping

Should have paired it with: Alone as dessert, or with chocolate dipped berries

Drink it if you like: Chocolate/coffee milkshakes, Kaluha & Coffee

A few other thoughts: They say they brewed it in anticipation of the possible end of the world, but now that that has passed, I would save it for the end of your meal. This is not going to pair well with food, and that is just fine, because you will want to sip it and stare into a fire. Or something. I don’t know your life! Just find this and drink it!

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 17:15:51 | More by tipfortap
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dar482

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this at Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen.

It comes in a deep black color with a little white head with some brown in it.

It has a great aroma for a Russian Imperial and tasting it, it is even better. It comes with a punch of more flavors that I would expect. I would compare it to the Alesmith Speedway Stout, but with a lighter body and more complex flavors. It has a good amount of chocolate, malt, sweetness, and a fantastic round body to it.

Possibly my favorite Russian Imperial, just a wonderful beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2013 04:23:30 | More by dar482
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mdfb79

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 02/20/13 notes. Been wanting to try this one for a while, glad to see it on tap. 8 oz. pour at Pony Bar in NYC on the UES.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great like a big RIS should.

s - Smells of bakers chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee, toasted malts, light smokey malts, caramel, and burnt malts. Very nice nose; loads of chocolate to it. I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, toasted malts, licorice, smokey malts, burnt malts, caramel, some sweet dark fruits. Taste is a little sweeter and more milk chocolate which I like, and some more alcohol is present as well.

m - Full bodied stout and low to moderare carbonation. Thick and chewy; very nice mouthfeel. The only thing holding it back from a higher score is that the alcohol is still a bit present in the taste.

o - Overall I really liked this RIS; one of the better new Troegs beers I've had in a while. Loads of chocolate to it and a nice sweet taste. It is a strong beer, and the alcohol is present in the taste, so it is a sipper for sure, but it is very good. Would definitely get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2013 18:04:57 | More by mdfb79
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Piper's Pub the other day.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive and impressive as well, as I get a considerable amount of vanilla, coffee grounds and dark chocolate, along with a hint of licorise. The flavor profile replicates trhe nose pretty closely in this moderate sweet stout, though there's some bitterness and light licorise in the finish that helps to counter that sweetness somewhat. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, soft, almost creamy finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell it's up there.

A very nice effort from Troegs. Very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2013 17:01:23 | More by johnmichaelsen
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Catching up on my reviews.

A - Pitch black body that had a creamy, mocha colored head...the head was two fingers tall and slowly fell to a thin cap...some lacing was left behind

S - The nose had a lot going on...a huge roasty presence with dark chocolate and coffee grounds leading the way...there was a touch of sweetness with some vanilla...a big citrus hop presence pokes through as well

T - It takes a while for everything to come together...this one needed to warm up...the dark chocolate and coffee really stand out...they give off a bitterness that pairs with that big dose of hops...the roasted malt flavor adds depth and a strong backbone to the beer...just a touch of sweetness from some vanilla, would have liked a little more...the alcohol is hot at the end and brings a lot of warmth

M - Full bodied...thick and creamy...big roast with some bitterness...alcohol heat

O - As I said, this one needed time to warm up...I enjoyed everything going on, but the alcohol level gets in the way...I wish I would have picked up some bottles because this one will get better with age

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2013 16:54:33 | More by thain709
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

They had this on tap at Champions in Middletown PA, enjoyed from a pint chilled.

The color is dark walnut bordering on onyx with a thick sandstone cap, it has the look of something viscous with ringlets of lace sticking all the way down and tight bead pattern with great retention and totally opaque clarity. The smell is very good, lots of piney hop odors which are augmented by a slight coffee and char in the malt with mild alcohol odor. The feel is decent with moderately full body and slight sweetness which collapses under an onslaught of bitterness and mild alcohol comes in as a moderate carbonation level helps easy the heaviness with slight roasted and tannic tinges which comes full circle to a lasting residual grain astringency mixed with some hop bite in the mostly dry finish.

This beer is perplexing in a good way - it is kind of the best of two worlds - strong stout and imperial IPA with some mild cocoa and coffee but the pine hop flavor is dominant with slight peppery notes and light charred tinges in the dark malt with only a sliver of caramel for good measure and in the later sips the grapefruit aspect comes forward in the hop flavor with mild alcohol in the finish as a slight sticky dark cocoa taste lingers. Overall I like the concept and was intrigued by all the intensity, but it could use some time for the flavors to marry as the hops really are more assertive than I would like in this style and the cocoa element gets a little lost.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 14:58:48 | More by Slatetank
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at The Grill Next Door - Haverhill, MA.

Poured a jet black color with a burnt mocha one-finger head.

Smell is dominated by dark fruits and sweetness. A bit of chocolate and licorice mixed in as well.

Almost identical to the smell is the taste. Very sweet yet hearty. Lots of dark fruit tastes backed by some hop bitterness and chocolate notes.

ABV is not apparent in the taste. Thick but not too syrupy.

Overall, a treat. Would like to see this bottled.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2012 02:14:59 | More by TWStandley
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with a brown sugar colored head that is nice and thick but not too much. Good lacing. Smells of dark, rich malts. Taste is thick - in ways like a chocolate shake. Heavy dose of chocolate, honey, heavy bread but for a winter brew almost perfect. High alcohol is well masked. A really enjoyable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2012 21:08:27 | More by Oakenator
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a black color with a one finger cola brown head. The head fades relatively fast to give a good level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a sweet blend of light chocolate, vanilla and molasses. Mixed with these smells are notes of a a earthy and citrus hop , some coffee and a very light bourbon smell.

Taste – The taste is on the sweeter side overall, but is nicely balanced by roasted and malty flavors as well. It begins with flavors of a dark brown bread mixed with molasses and brown sugar sweetness. A sweet chocolate cake flavor mixed with vanilla come to the tongue. Some more roasted malt accompanied by a lighter earthy hop flavor as well as a good bourbon alcohol flavor come to the tongue at the end, and with the sweet leave a very satisfying roasted boozy sweet flavor to linger on in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a rather average carbonation level . The creamy body is nice for the darker, sweet and bourbon flavors of the brew allowing them all to linger and be fully sensed by the tongue.

Overall –This is one fantastic imperial stout. It has a nice blend of sweet, malt, roast, booze and hop. I hop they make this more then just a rotation. Troegs needs a good permanent imperial stout and I think they have it with this one. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 01:09:22 | More by Darkmagus82
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall khaki colored tan head, dissipating down to a light film and then nothing at all, leaving small streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee, a surprising amount of citric hops and plenty of dark roasted malt. The sweeter aromas die down as it warms up and more of the roasty aromas begin to take over, along with some whiffs of booze.

T - Starts off with plenty of dark roast, chocolate and vanilla slowly giving way to hints of coffee grounds, cocoa powder and the citric hop resin. The booze is ever present, less so at first, growing stronger and stronger as it sits in the glass. Finish is quite roasty with a decent amount of booze, lingering on the palate for quite awhile after each sip.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, roasty feel from start to finish. The booze is mild initially growing as it sits in the glass. Very nice balance throughout.

O - One of the best scratch beers in quite some time. It has all the right flavors and while the hops are stronger than average I thought they worked well with the darker base flavors. Get this one while you can, I doubt it will be around for very long.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 20:11:10 | More by orangesol
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BeerIsland

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very tasty beer that kept its act together right through room temp warming. Rich, dark, and roastytoasty; this is an extremely drinkable beer for all its heft. The Thursday evening crowd was enthusiastically enjoying the "Trips" and Descent on a clear, cold night. These guys can make anything they want. Let 'er rip.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 00:20:15 | More by BeerIsland
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robieobie1

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Great looking RIS. Pitch black with a dark tan 2 finger head.

S- At first I get some dark berry and a good amount of earthy hops. As the glass warms I get more of the roasty aspects...

T- This beer needs to be served on a handpull... It is served way too cold. When it is colder i get some off flavors... As the beer warms up to 60 or so all of these flavors meld nicely. I then pick up some figgy notes as well as some dark chocolate or cocoa as well as a bit of coffee. Good amount of what i would call earthy hops in this one.. with a slight alcohol burn on the backend.

M- Again with the temperature thing.... Seems a little thin when too cold... but once its at room temp it is creamy and smooth... very nice mouthfeel.

O- Great beer... just has to be warmed up a bit. Will definately be aging it for awhile to see how the burn and hops fade and meld together. High hopes.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2012 13:53:12 | More by robieobie1
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Frisco's, served in a chalice.

Pours a viscous, opaque mocha black with a retentive dark tan head. Thick sheets of lace and a thick collar. Roasty, chocolate aroma, typical RIS. Flavor is chocolate, cocoa, light citrus, resin and roast malt; very balanced.. Chewy, thicker body, dry and roasty finish. Very little booze or heat. Reminds me of Old Rasputin, but a little less hoppy and a little more chocolate and roast malt? Enjoyed this a lot fresh on draft

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2012 21:30:19 | More by yourefragile
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A dark tan head rests calm and thick across this black and brown brew.

Aroma is rich with milk chocolate, caramel, plum and raisin. Got mincemeat? Yes.

Tastes dry and woody up front. Its syrupy with the caramel finding place after a few sips. Some cardamom, dark fruit and licorice find their way. Can be astringent at times.

Heavy for sure, but warming all the way through makes for a nice sipper on a cool spring eve.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 02:13:24 | More by stephens101
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampling a 12 oz bottle poured at cellar temperature in a snifter. Thanks to my brother Brian for the gift.
THe beer pours a pitch black color with creamy tan head of 1 cm that fades to a sturdy edge layer and a few islands in just a couple of minutes.
Big boozy aroma with roasted malt, molassess, figs ad other dark fruit. I also get a pretty good dose of pine hops even after opening the bottle and pouring. The hops fade just a little bit as the glass sits and breathes.
First sip reveals a fairly thick body with a little bit of an oily feel to the texture. I get a fine and spacious carbonation, very slight tickle on each swallow but in general the carbonation is mild.
Flavor is big malt with molassess, roasted malt and coffee. Some dark fruit with figs and raisin blended in and some warming booze on each swallow. The beer is a big robust one that goes well with the foot + of snow outside and single digit temperatures.
This is a hearty imperial stout and I wish I had more of them for the future, maybe a re-release in 750s next Christmas?

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 04:49:49 | More by sulldaddy
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Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?) from Tröegs Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.